Fujian, China Photo Tour - November 21- December 2, 2019 - Deposit

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Fujian, China Photo Tour - November 21- December 2, 2019 - Deposit


Fujian, China Photo Tour with Denise Ippolito ~ November 21- December 2, 2019 (11 nights): $5800.
Xiapu & Tulou Photography Tour (Xiapu – Hui’an – Yongchun – Longyan – Yongding – Nanjing)

Limit: 10 photographers


Join me for another Creative Adventure to the far east; though this trip to China will be my first. I am anxious to see Xiapu which is a small region along the southeast China coastline in Fujiang Province. This photo tour is centered around the fishing villages and harvest time. There we will see and photograph the famous mudflats of this unique coastal area. The scenery will include tiger-striped beaches, bamboo structures and poles, buoys and fishing vessels, villagers, stone columns and fish nets- that are put into the mudflats to dry kelp (pictured above), laver and other marine products. I carefully selected my guide for this tour as I know that in order to get the photos that I want, my group will need to be at the desired locations at the right time, and my multiple award winning guide will get us there. Below is our detailed itinerary along with some sample images provided by my guide.

Day 1: Fuzhou – Xiapu
Upon a morning arrival around 11:00am (group transfer time) at the Fuzhou Airport (FOC), we will immediately transfer to Xiapu on a spacious bus and check in to the hotel. We will have a luxurious welcome dinner in the hotel, we will get know to each other and have a briefing for the upcoming trip.

Day 2: Xiapu (Dongan Island – Beidou – Dongbi)
In the next 5 days, we will be photographing the beautiful Xiapu coastal landscape. Xiapa located in the Fujian province and it is the largest mudflat in China. Xiapu ranks the first on the list of "Top 10 Paradises for Photographers" in China for its unique coastal landscape. On day 2, we will take a boat ride to visit Dongan Island for the early morning photography. Then we will visit Beidou fishing village where the most fishing nets are made. In the evening, we will be photographing the beautiful coast of Dongbi.

Day 3: Xiapu (Mantoushan – Shajiang – Yangjiaxi)
We will wake up early for sunrise shooting at Mantoushan, a.k.a. Bun Hill. Then we will proceed to visit Shajiang and photograph the local village life, as well as the famous S-Curve. In the evening, we will be photographing the flying fishing net and fisherman working near Yangjiaxi.

Day 4: Xiapu (Beiqi – Sansha – Xiaohao)
We will wake up early in the morning for sunrise at Beiqi, one of the most dramatic coastal landscape in Xiapu, with the well-known tiger skin stripes mudflat, fishermen, fishing boats, and thousands of bamboo poles. In the afternoon, we will go to Sansha to photograph the fish sauce making, followed by a sunset shoot at Xiaohao.

Day 5: Xiapu (Huazhu – Yangjiaxi – Bachemen – Nanqi)
We will be photographing sunrise in Huazhu, then immediately transfer to Yangjiaxi for model shots of the farmers and buffalo walking under the fog laced trees. We will then proceed to Bachemen for photographing the purse seine where the crabs were cultivated. The sunset photography session will be in Nanqi.

Day 6: Xiapu (Xiaqingshan – Nantang – Zhutan Island)
We will be going to Xiaqingshan for sunrise on the bridge in the morning, then continue shooting colorful round nets and beautiful mudflat patterns at Nantang. In the afternoon, we will get on the boat and travel across to the Zhutan Island for shooting until sunset.

Day 7: Xiapu – Huian
We will spend the day 7 in Huian for photographing different cultural activities at the fishing village Hui’an women at works. Hui’an women are well-known for their unique and colorful dress, as well as their hard-working life-style in the farm, salt fields, and fishing boat deck.

Day 8: Huian – Yongchun
We will travel to birth place of incense making in China named as Dapu, in the Yongchun county. We will spend all day photographing the making of incense.

Day 9: Yongchun – Longyan – Yongding
In the morning, we will photograph the making of incense at Dapu. We then check out from the hotel and proceed to Yongding Round House (Round House a.k.a. Tulou in Chinese) of Hakka clan. We will be exploring the unique Round House of Fujian province in the next 3 days. The Round Houses are unique to the Hakka clan in the mountainous areas in southeastern Fujian, they were mostly built between 12th to 20th centuries.

Day 10: Longyan – Nanjing
After shooting at Yongding Round House in the morning, we will travel to Nanjing Round House. Nanjing is the location of many famous Fujian Round Houses. Out of the 10 Round House sites listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list, four of them are in Nanjing.

Day 11: Nanjing – Xiamen
In the morning, we will be doing the final round of photography at Nanjing Round Houses. We will transfer to Xiamen in the afternoon. We will have the evening time walking and enjoying the sight in Xiamen.

Day 12: Xiamen
We will spend a free and easy morning in Xiamen after breakfast. We will then transfer to the Xiamen airport (XMN) for the flight home with tons of great pictures.

*Itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions. All efforts will be made to make the most out of every location.
* This tour is listed as Easy, with not much walking. There is a 10 minute walk up a paved road at one location.

• Accommodation in 4 star hotel or best available
• Ground transportation in spacious bus
• Airport pick-up and return arrangement in China
• English-speaking, award-winning professional photo guide
• Luxurious meals, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, 2 bottles of water daily
• All entrance tickets, boat tickets, model fees

Not included:
• International flight, visa, travel insurance
• Snacks, alcoholic and all purchased beverages, laundry and personal items.
• Tips for guide and drivers-approx. $225.00pp

Deposit Info:
I will need a $2,000 non-refundable deposit made by pushing the “Deposit button” in order to hold your spot. The second payment of $2,000 is due on January 15, 2019 and the final payment of $1,800 is due on March 1, 2019. All payments except for the deposit must be paid via check only, made out to “Denise Ippolito LLC”. Overseas folks can pay their balances via wire transfer; the registrant is responsible for the fees on both ends. Sorry, there are no discounts given to non-photographer spouses for this trip.

Travel Insurance- I urge everyone to purchase travel insurance for a major trip like this.

This trip needs a minimum of 12 to go, please don't purchase your flights until I have confirmed. All deposits will be refunded in full if the trip does not run.

*Single supplements are available for the trip at $1000.00pp. Please inquire as to availability. If you or I are unable to line up a same sex roommate for you, you will be charged the single supplement on a pro-rated basis.